What is the Best Table Saw For A Home Woodworking Shop?

Best table saw review

If you are in a hurry and just want to find out what the best table saw is, then DEWALT DW7491RS is your best choice.

Most woodworkers will tell you that a table saw is the centerpiece of a proper woodworking shop. The question is: how do you find an option that strikes a perfect balance between the price and quality? That’s what we will try to answer in this article.

Read on to find out what factors you have to consider when looking for a table saw for your workshop. We will also review some of the most interesting table saw models to help you make an informed decision.

These are the best table saws you can buy:

Best-rated models compared:

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DEWALT (DWE7491RS) 10-Inch Table Saw, 32-1/2-Inch Rip...
BOSCH 10 In. Worksite Table Saw with Gravity-Rise Wheeled...
DEWALT Table Saw for Jobsite, Compact, 8-1/4-Inch (DWE7485)
SawStop 10-Inch Professional Cabinet Saw, 3-HP, 52-Inch...
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DEWALT DWE7491RS
BOSCH 4100XC-10
DEWALT DWE7485
SawStop PCS31230-TGP252
Style
Jobsite
Jobsite
Compact
Cabinet
Motor
15 Amp, 110 V
15 Amp, 110 V
15 Amp, 110 V
3 HP, 1 phase, 230 V, 13 A
Blade Size
10"
10"
8-1/4"
10"
Dado Compatibility
Rip Capacity
32-1/2"
30"
24-1/2"
52"
Warranty
90 Day Money Back, 1 Year Free Service, 3 Year Limited Warranty
Limited 1 Year
90 Day Money Back, 1 Year Free Service, 3 Year Limited Warranty
Two Years
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DEWALT (DWE7491RS) 10-Inch Table Saw, 32-1/2-Inch Rip...
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DEWALT DWE7491RS
Style
Jobsite
Motor
15 Amp, 110 V
Blade Size
10"
Dado Compatibility
Rip Capacity
32-1/2"
Warranty
90 Day Money Back, 1 Year Free Service, 3 Year Limited Warranty
Client Rating
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BOSCH 10 In. Worksite Table Saw with Gravity-Rise Wheeled...
Title
BOSCH 4100XC-10
Style
Jobsite
Motor
15 Amp, 110 V
Blade Size
10"
Dado Compatibility
Rip Capacity
30"
Warranty
Limited 1 Year
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DEWALT Table Saw for Jobsite, Compact, 8-1/4-Inch (DWE7485)
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DEWALT DWE7485
Style
Compact
Motor
15 Amp, 110 V
Blade Size
8-1/4"
Dado Compatibility
Rip Capacity
24-1/2"
Warranty
90 Day Money Back, 1 Year Free Service, 3 Year Limited Warranty
Client Rating
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SawStop 10-Inch Professional Cabinet Saw, 3-HP, 52-Inch...
Title
SawStop PCS31230-TGP252
Style
Cabinet
Motor
3 HP, 1 phase, 230 V, 13 A
Blade Size
10"
Dado Compatibility
Rip Capacity
52"
Warranty
Two Years
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Here is my list of 9 Best Table Saws:


1. DEWALT DWE7491RS – Best 10-inch table saw

DEWALT (DWE7491RS) 10-Inch Table Saw, 32-1/2-Inch Rip...
  • Your purchase includes One Dewalt Table Saw, 10" 24-Tooth Carbide Blade, Rolling Stand, Push Stick, Miter Gauge, Rip Fence, 2x Blade Wrenches, Blade Guard Assembly manual
  • Other Specs: Max Rip to Left of Blade – 22” | Max Rip to Right of Blade – 32-1/2” | Max Width of Dado – 13/16” | Arbor Size – 5/8” | Amps – 15 | Depth of cut at 45° – 2-1/4” |...
  • Rolling stand designed for easy set up and breakdown with excellent stability

OVERVIEW

The number one table saw on this list is the DWE7491RS jobsite table saw from DeWALT. This particular model boasts an industry-standard 10-inch saw which is excellent if you intend to work with larger projects.

A big benefit of this table saw is its large rip capacity. The rip fence on this model can be pushed to as much as 32-1/2 inches away from the blade.

If you are looking to work on cabinetry projects and lots of dadoing, this table saw is a great fit for you. If you work exclusively with smaller projects, DWE7485 may be a better option for you. Your purchase will include the table saw, 24-tooth carbide blade, rolling stand, miter gauge, rip fence, blade guard assembly, push stick, two-blade wrenches, and a reasonably good dust collection system.

Pros

  • Large rip capacity
  • Sturdy frame construction
  • Great depth of cut
  • Wheeled stand is very stable
  • Arbor accepts dado stacks
  • Great features

Cons

  • Quite expensive
  • Relatively heavy
  • Limited onboard storage
  • The included miter gauge isn’t that good

2. DEWALT DWE7485 – Best for small home shops

DEWALT Table Saw for Jobsite, Compact, 8-1/4-Inch (DWE7485)
  • Portability: Compact size for ease of transportation and storage
  • Easy adjustments: Rack and pinion telescoping fence rails make fence adjustments fast, smooth and accurate
  • Variety of cuts: 24.5 inches of rip capacity for ripping 4x8 plywood or OSB sheets

OVERVIEW

This table saw from DEWALT can be an excellent addition to a beginner’s woodworking tool arsenal. This saw comes with everything you need to start your woodworking journey, including basic safety features, fence, miter gauge, and a push stick.

What stands out in this table saw is that its fence gives you 24.5 inches of rip capacity, which is nice for a table saw this small. In comparison, the highly-acclaimed DW745 model only offers 20 inches of rip capacity to the right of the saw.

Professional contractors will appreciate the fact that this tool is very portable and weighs as little as 53 pounds. Similarly to its older cousin, DW745, this saw is equipped with a metal roll cage to help the saw withstand a lot of beating.

With 15 amp, 5,800 max RPM motor, this table saw will deliver adequate power to rip through plywood, OSB, and other commonly used materials and woods with ease.

What is a bit disappointing is that this saw only accepts 8-1/4 inch blades. This means that you will be limited to a 2-9/16″ max depth of cut at 90° and 1-3/4″ at 45°. This shouldn’t be an issue if you are dealing mostly with 2×4’s, but cutting thicker slabs of wood may prove problematic.

Pros

  • Very portable
  • Good value for money
  • 24.5″ of rip capacity
  • Metal roll cage
  • Includes all the essentials

Cons

  • Does not include a stand
  • Does not support dado blades
  • 8-1/4 inch blade
  • Mediocre dust collection

3. Bosch Power Tools 4100XC-10

BOSCH 10 In. Worksite Table Saw with Gravity-Rise Wheeled...
  • Powerful table saw – has 15-Amp saw with 4. 0 max HP and 3, 650 rpm, for rip-cutting and cross-cutting of fine and rough materials
  • Dimensions: 32.5" D x 27" L x 13" H | Product Weight: 94 lb
  • Saves space: Large cast aluminum top provides increased work space and material support with a 25 inch. Ripping capacity to cover all typical job site rip cutting widths

OVERVIEW

Next up is Bosch 4100XC-10. With 4HP, 15 AMP motor, this bad boy offers great ripping power. Enough to rip hardwood. What’s convenient about this table saw is that it can operate with a 110-volt outlet.

This model weighs 110 lbs, which is 14.2 lbs lighter than it’s predecessor 4100-09. While 110 lbs don’t sound like portable, its Gravity-Rise wheeled stand gives optimum mobility on the building site.

We like that this saw features soft-start functionality. Anyone who has ever tripped a circuit breaker with a power tool will appreciate this. Bosch’s large cast aluminum top will give you 25 ” of cutting capacity, which is enough for typical job site tasks. As for a portable saw, many buyers also report that this model is relatively silent.

What are some of its disadvantages? Some users complain about the poor parallel alignment of the rip fence in relation to the blade right out of the box. Unfortunately, the owner’s manual isn’t very helpful in this regard. Adjusting the rip fence and the blade for parallel can be quite a tedious task.

Some users have also reported cases of its motor failure. It is hard to assess whether it’s the manufacturers’ fault or simply a result of poor maintenance by the user. I am more inclined to say that the latter is true due to the sheer volume of positive customer reviews.

Pros

  • High power motor
  • Versatile and compact
  • High rip capacity
  • Arbor supports dado blades
  • Good value for money

Cons

  • Poor dust collection unit
  • Owner’s manual can be improved

4. SawStop PCS31230-TGP252 – Best for woodworking overall

SawStop 10-Inch Professional Cabinet Saw, 3-HP, 52-Inch...
  • 52-INCH T-GLIDE FENCE ASSEMBLY: The 52-inch T-Glide Fence & Rail are made of heavy-gauge steel for sure lockdown and reliably square cutting for years without deflection.
  • SAWSTOP PATENTED SAFETY SYSTEM: Stops a spinning blade on contact with skin. The blade stops in less than 5 milliseconds, and drops below the table, minimizing a potentially life-altering injury to a...
  • UNMATCHED QUALITY: The trunnion and arbor are built for precision, strength and stability. The gas piston elevation delivers smooth and easy adjustability. Table flatness is measured diagonally at 0....

OVERVIEW

One of the main things that buyers really appreciate about SawStop is the safety system which stops the saw blade on contact with skin. Many who convert to using SawStop equipment are people who have sustained serious injuries.

SawStop does come with a high price tag. Is paying that much more worth it for their signature safety mechanism? That’s up to you to decide.

What really stood out for many users is the high quality of its build. The table is perfectly flat, the fence and the blade are well adjusted right out of the box. Buyers really like the fact that this saw comes with very well detailed instructions, with all hardware color-coded and details labeled.

Note that the SawStop Safety System works by detecting electrical conductivity. If your wood has moisture in it, it might cause a false alarm and trip off the safety mechanism. Make sure you make a test cut with the Bypass Mode first.

Pros

  • Safety System detects skin
  • Well calibrated out of the box
  • High stability and low vibration
  • Good customer support
  • Easy to follow user manual
  • Excellent dust collection
  • Powerful 3HP motor

Cons

  • Very expensive
  • Saw’s break may activate when cutting very fresh or wet wood

5. SawStop CNS175-SFA30

SAWSTOP 10-Inch Contractor Saw, 1.75-HP, 30-Inch Standard...
  • SAWSTOP PATENTED SAFETY SYSTEM: Stops a spinning blade on contact with skin. The blade stops in less than 5 milliseconds, and drops below the table, minimizing a potentially life-altering injury to a...
  • SAWSTOP PATENTED SAFETY SYSTEM: Stops a spinning blade on contact with skin. The blade stops in less than 5 milliseconds, and drops below the table, minimizing a potentially life-altering injury to a...
  • RELIABILITY: The Control Box houses the on-off switch, power paddle, and on-board computer, and constantly checks that all systems are working to reliably keep you safe.

OVERVIEW

When it comes to stationary table saws, the SawStop CNS175-TGP36 is by far the #1 contractor table saw out there. While this variant isn’t the most affordable contractor table saw on the market, its signature SawStop safety system will give you some peace of mind that you won’t get cut in case of an accident.

Safety isn’t its only schtick, though. Many buyers have mentioned that they really enjoy how well this table saw is put together. Buy once, cry once so to speak. People also like the fact that this table saw is fairly easy to assemble as SawStop provides very easy to follow instructions. You may want to invite a friend to help you out, though. The main assembly weighs 110 pounds and it has to be lifted out of the box and placed onto the base.

Buyers confirm that the T-Glide Fence System on this table saw operates smoothly and precisely.

It must be noted with its 1.75 HP motor, this may not be the best option if you are routinely ripping hardwoods or slabs that are thicker than 4/4. For someone who has taken his woodworking passion to a commercial level, you will probably be better off by opting for a motor with more horsepower.

Additionally, the safety break on this table saw may be an issue if your wood is wet or very green as it can be conductive enough to activate the brake. Before ripping material like barnwood, make a test cut using the Bypass Mode to see if it won’t activate the brake. There’s a red light on the control box that will indicate conductivity.

One more thing: if you want to make this saw compatible with a 220-volt outlet, you will need additional components. You will find information about this under this link on page 36, in case you want to know in advance.

Pros

  • Signature SawStop safety system
  • 36″ rip capacity, can be increased to 52″
  • Excellent dust collection system
  • Smooth and precise fence system
  • High-quality machine
  • Good customer support

Cons

  • Expensive for a contractor’s table saw
  • Safety break may trip while cutting wet or fresh lumber. Test cut with Bypass Mode first
  • Not that powerful

6. Shop Fox W1819

Shop Fox W1819 3 HP 10-Inch Table Saw with Riving Knife
  • Item may ship in more than one box and may arrive separately
  • Precision ground and polished cast iron table and wings and massive cast iron trunnions
  • Quick release riving knife, blade guard and splitter assembly

OVERVIEW

This hybrid table saw impressed plenty of buyers. Many commented on how well it is put together. Others were surprised how well the fence system and the blade were aligned right out of the box.

This table saw comes with massive cast iron trunnions, cast iron table, and wings, which offer great stability. It comes with assembly instructions that are very easy to follow.

One buyer made a point about the user’s manual not stressing how important it is to de-grease the interior components. The sawdust will start to adhere to the greasy surface, which may cause issues with the blade height adjustment mechanism.

Overall, Shop Fox W1819 is a great option for weekend hobbyists and professionals alike. Shop Fox’s motor packs 3 horsepower, which should be more than enough for most woodworkers. Note that this table saw will need a 220-volt outlet.

Pros

  • Good customer support
  • Hassle-free assembly
  • Excellent dust collection
  • Good value for money
  • 3HP motor offers plenty of power
  • Cast-iron trunnions, table, and extension wings

Cons

  • Delivered in multiple boxes which may arrive separately
  • Failing to diligently de-grease may cause issues with the blade height adjustment mechanism

7. DEWALT DW745

DEWALT DW745 10-Inch Table Saw, 20-Inch Rip Capacity
  • 22 kilograms unit weight and optimized footprint make this the most portable saw in its class. Shoe bevels 0 to 45 for beveled cuts
  • Steel roll cage protects saw against jobsite drops and impacts, Rack and pinion fence system, front and rear fence lock and large, clear scales combine to give an extremely accurate and easy to use...
  • Powerful 1850 Watt motor for high performance in all applications (1300 Watts 110 version for UK Only). Max Rip To Left Of Blade 12 inch. Max Rip To Right Of Blade 20 inch

OVERVIEW

It should be noted that this table saw has been discontinued by DEWALT. It is still a great buy if you can find it second-hand.

Due to its small footprint and minimal weight, The DW745 is the most compact saw in the portable class. It weighs as little as 48 pounds, which is a fair weight considering the amount of power it can generate.

The high-torque, 15-amp motor generates up to 3,800 RPMs which will give you clean cuts on almost any type of wood.

What I particularly like on this table saw is the metal roll cage. Unlike plastic bases found on most portable designs, this gives DW745 a more stable and durable setup. It will absorb a lot of beating in case the saw trips over by some accident, which is a nice feature to have on the worksite.

The rip capacity on this table saw is adequate, but not great. The rack and pinion fence can extend up to 20″, which is less compared to other portable designs on this list. It should still provide you with sufficient capacity for most types of cuts.

Unfortunately, the arbor on this table saw does not have the capacity to host dado blade stacks. 

Pros

  • The high-torque 15-amp motor will handle most types of wood
  • Easily portable due to very small weight and footprint
  • Metal roll cage offers good protection from getting damaged
  • Should be fairly cheap if you can find it second-hand

Cons

  • The model is discontinued by the manufacturer
  • Does not accept dado blade stacks
  • The fence system could have been designed to extend beyond 20 inches.

8. Laguna Tools MTSF236110175-0130 F2

LAGUNA TOOLS Fusion 36in. Rip 110 V
  • Motor:1.75hp 115/230VAC pre wire 115V 1phase
  • Blade diameter 10″ Arbor 5/8″
  • Built in mobility kit

OVERVIEW

Laguna has included a bunch of safety features on this table saw that will protect both you (from getting injured) and the motor (from thermal overload).

A nice feature of this powerful 1.75 HP hybrid design is that it comes pre-wired to use a 120-volt outlet. Those of you who do not have a 240-volt electrical circuit installed in the workshop will certainly appreciate this.

A stand out feature of this table saw is its excellent dust collection which is achieved thanks to its dustless cabinet design and the blade/kerf/shroud. What I also like about this design is that it includes a built-in mobility kit. This allows the table saw to be easily moved around despite the fact that its net weight is 240 pounds.

As for the arbor, it has a 0-45 degree saw blade tilt range which offers a wide spectrum of beveled cut. The arbor accepts dado blade stacks up to 13/16” wide. Maximum arbor speed: 4500 RPM.

Pros

  • Pre-wired to run on a 120-volt outlet
  • Easy to move around thanks to the built-in mobility kit
  • Excellent dust collection capability

Cons

  • It goes without saying that this hybrid model costs an arm and a leg
  • One buyer mentioned that the package came with a manual from 2017 which doesn’t apply to the new 2020 model.

9. Delta 36-L552

5-Hp Unisaw with 52" Biesemeyer Fence
  • Item may ship in more than one box and may arrive separately
  • Dual Front Cranks make adjusting blade height and blade bevel easy, accurate, and repeatable in all your operations.Blade Speed: 4,300 RPM
  • The Bevel Dial allows fine tuning of the blade bevel with ease and provides accuracy you can trust to within 1/4 degree

OVERVIEW

It is impossible to have this list of the best-rated table saws without an entry from Delta. 

The standout feature of the Delta 36-L552 is its incredible power. Its 220-volt pre-wired true American Marathon motor cranks out as many as 5 horsepower at 4.300 RPM which will handle even the toughest woods like Patagonian Rosewood or Black Ironwood with ease.

The saw blade bevel dial on this model is incredibly accurate. The margin of error on the dial is 1/4 degree, which will be appreciated by professionals that put a high value on extreme accuracy.

The cast-iron cabinet construction and single-cast trunnion system offer exceptional stability and resistance to vibration.

Pros

  • Bevel dial accuracy within 1/4 degree.
  • The entire table saw is very heavy which provides exceptional stability and resistance to vibration
  • Highest power out of all table saws on this list
  • The Biesemeyer fence slides very easily and is very accurate.

Cons

  • One buyer was dissatisfied with the manual saying it takes much longer than 2 hours to assemble the saw
  • The entire package comes in four pieces which may come separately

How To Choose The Right Table Saw?

First, you have to decide what type of table saw do you actually need. Namely, there are five types of table saws. They are different in their size, power, robustness, and portability. Here’s a quick overview of each type of table saw.

Compact Table Saws

Compact table saws are lightweight and portable. These table saws are easy to pick up and carry around. They are designed to be placed on a bench or an extra stand that can be purchased separately.

Compact table saws are a good fit for contractors who move around building sites. A beginner hobbyist who is short on space in his home workshop will also find this type useful.

Table saws of this type are equipped with lightweight universal motors. Rarely expect to find a good dust collection system on a compact table saw.

Jobsite Table Saws

As its name implies, this table saw is designed to be used on the job site. Jobsite table saws usually come equipped with a collapsible scissor stand, often with wheels.

Jobsite table saws are easy to move around, they take up little space, and there are great affordable options to choose from. This makes jobsite table saws an excellent option for small shop owners and construction professionals.

Contractor Table saws

Of all stationary table saws, contractor’s table saws usually command the lowest price.

Compared to their higher shelf cousins, contractor table saws are often equipped with less durable gearing, trunnions, and arbor assembly. This translates into less stability and more susceptibility to vibration.

All factors considered a good quality contractors table saw can be a great addition to a hobbyist’s woodworking shop.

Cabinet Table Saws

Source: wikipedia.org

Cabinet table saws are built to outlast their owners. They are great for frequent and demanding use by professional woodworkers and in commercial settings. Cabinet table saws have the power, stability, accuracy, and durability of all table saws.

Note that their high-performance motors will usually require a 240-volt outlet.

If you are looking for top-level performance and you have the money, a good cabinet table saw is what you should get.

Hybrid Table Saws

Essentially, hybrid table saws were designed to offer some of the best features of a cabinet table saw while costing less.

What separates hybrids from contractor’s table saw is that hybrids are equipped with sturdier arbor bearings, trunnions, and better gearing. Hybrid table saw’s trunnions are attached to the base. This allows for more precise alignment of the saw.

Hybrids offer the best of both worlds, at a lower price compared to most cabinet table saws.

Features to consider when buying a Table Saw

Tabletop Build

When searching for a good model, look for cast iron tops and trunnions if you want extra stability. Heavier tables ensure better alignment and more stability.

Alternatively choose a table saw with an aluminum tabletop if you want a lighter and more portable table saw.

Safety features

Since table saws cause over 30 thousand injuries across the US annually, it is important to make sure that the table saw of your choice includes these basic safety features:

Riving knife

Riving knife is a safety device that is used to keep you safe from kickback. A riving knife doesn’t allow a wood kerf to close up behind the blade and pinch it while cutting. It also keeps a workpiece from pivoting into the saw’s rear teeth which may cause it to propel back at the operator.

Since around 2008, all new table saws are required to have riving knives.

Blade guard

A blade guard is mainly intended to prevent the wood from falling onto a rotating blade. Some advanced woodworkers often remove the blade guard as it can interfere with your vision and make it impossible to use a push block.

I wouldn’t suggest removing the blade guard for novice woodworkers considering that two-thirds of all table saw accidents occur without a blade guard attached.

Maximum Rip capacity

Rip capacity refers to the distance between the blade and the fence on your table saw. How much ripping capacity do you actually need? It all comes down to what kind of projects you will be working on.

If you are a professional, like a framing contractor, you will probably want to look for a table with a minimum capacity of 24″. Such tables will allow you to cut large sheets of MDF or plywood.

A rip capacity of 20” or less should be enough for most basic jobs like trimming deck and fence boards.

Soft start

Soft start feature moderates the intensity of a motor startup. This offers more refined performance, less strain on your machine, and decreases the chance of tripping a circuit breaker.

Variable speed control

Variable speed control allows your blade to maintain constant speed at variable loads. This feature is useful when working with knotted wood. This helps avoid kickbacks and burns on your material.

Rip fence

A common theme that you will notice in table saw reviews is discussing the quality of the fence system. And rightfully so, since your fence will control the accuracy of your cuts. Check if the table saw’s rip fence offers reliable parallel alignment with the blade.

Also, look for table saws that are equipped with an aluminum fence. Unlike plastic, aluminum is more resilient, yet still lightweight.

Which one makes the cut?

When it comes to table saws, there are plenty of different options on the market. To make the best decision, you have to answer three questions:

  • What kind of work will you be doing?
  • How much space do you have in your workshop?
  • How big of a budget do you have?

Overall, I think that DEWALT DWE7491RS is the best table saw for the money out there. It offers plenty of features that should cover the needs of seasoned woodworkers. The price point of this saw isn’t the lowest, but considering all its features, it offers a lot of value for your buck.

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